Tag Archives: Ovid

In Pythagoras’ speech in the 15th and final book of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, the vegetarian philosopher of rebirth tells the tale of the phoenix bird (Met. 15. 392-407). una est, quae reparet seque ipsa reseminet, ales: Assyrii phoenica vocant; non fruge neque herbis, sed turis lacrimis et suco vivit amomi. haec ubi quinque suae conplevit saecula […]

I just proposed a so-called ‘First Year Seminar’ (a one credit class for Ohio State freshmen) on the topic of ‘Selfie Culture’. It will examine the history, art and politics of the selfie from ancient Rome to now and I will be discussing artists such as Cindy Sherman, David Hammons and Petra Cortright as well […]

In their project The Rumors of the World, Lebanese artists Joana Hadjithomas and Khali Joreige investigate the abundance of spamming and scamming on the internet and the resulting questions of trust and the construction of identity in the post-internet world. In addition to installations of video works in which actors play the roles of the […]

Yesterday I visited the new exhibition at the Columbus Museum of Art – A Dangerous Woman: Subversion and Surrealism in the Art of Honoré Sharrer. It was a revelation and, as a Classicist, I was immediately struck by Sharrer’s feminist reworkings of Greek and Roman myths, often mediated by art historical predecessors. I am sure […]

Arge, iaces, quodque in tot lumina lumen habebas,               exstinctum est, centumque oculos nox occupat una. excipit hos volucrisque suae Saturnia pennis collocat et gemmis caudam stellantibus inplet. Argus, you are overthrown, the light of your many eyes is extinguished, and one night sleeps under so many eyelids. Juno took his eyes and set them into […]

Opening on January 20th (can’t think of anything else important happening that day…) at the Drawing Center is Amy Sillman’s new exhibition After Metamorphoses. It comprises an animated drawing (with soundtrack) that she made on the iPad inspired by the mythic tales of change, desire and power from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. While I need to wait […]